Our pick of Michelin-starred restaurants

The most influential gastronomic ratings in Europe

From car tyres to the restaurant industry's most respected rating guide... that's quite a leap. Does Dulux paint rate internet service providers? Does British Airways rate garden mowers? Does no-one else find it bizarre? Anyway...

However we got here, Michelin stars are probably the most recognized and influential gastronomic ratings in Europe and they whip chefs and restauranteurs alike up into quite the frenzy.

Stars are awarded sparingly and are taken very seriously in the restaurant business, where the addition or loss of a star can mean wildly different levels of turnover and therefore profit. Some three-star restaurants are able to charge hundreds of pounds for a meal on the strength of their reputation alone.

Here are some of London's best for you to digest...




Dabbous
39 Whitfield Street W1T 2SF
Region: Fitzrovia
Nearest Station: Goodge Street

AIL Says: It came as a surprise to no one when London’s most talked about restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in its first year of opening. Unlike many other Michelin winners, Ollie Dabbous’ refined menu is competitively priced.

  • BRITISH
  • 50/100
  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
  • USERS 3/10
The Greenhouse
27A Hays Mews W1J 5NY
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Green Park (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: The quiet mews where the Greenhouse is located feels a hundred miles away from Oxford Street, but not so, for it’s in fact slap bang in the middle of Mayfair. The fine French menu suits its chic address, and Arnaud Bignon’s masterful cooking was rewarded with a second Michelin star in 2013.

  • BRITISH
  • 23/100
Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester
53 Park Lane W1K 1QA
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: Alain Ducasse may well be the übermensch of the gastronomical world, having picked up a serious collection of awards over the years, along with 15 Michelin stars shared among his various restaurants. He may not be in the kitchen himself at the Dorchester, but chef Jocelyn Herland’s cuisine is big on strong flavours, unexpected textures and pulchritudinous presentation.

  • FRENCH
  • 5/100
  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
  • USERS 7/10
Pied A Terre
34 Charlotte Street W1T 2NH
Region: Fitzrovia
Nearest Station: Goodge Street (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: Seasonal British produce is used to great effect at this French fine dining eatery, which also boasts a vegetarian à la carte selection. With a set lunch costing just £27.50 it is also the most affordable Michelin-starred restaurant in the capital.

  • FRENCH
  • 77/100
  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 9/10
Pollen Street Social
8 - 10 Pollen Street W1S 1NQ
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: The accolades are coming in hard and fast for Jason Atherton’s casual fine dining “bistro”, among them a Michelin star and Square Meal’s Restaurant of the Year 2011 award. The food is European with a twist, with things like tartare of fallow deer and roast cod with paella, and for those with a sweet tooth the standalone dessert bar cannot be missed.

  • EUROPEAN
  • 9/100
  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 9/10
Marcus
Wilton Place SW1X 7RL
Region: Knightsbridge
Nearest Station: Hyde Park Corner

AIL Says: Complicated dishes that are beautifully presented, wonderfully combined flavours, a plush dining room and eyebrow-arching prices are usual prerequisites where fine dining restaurants are concerned, and Marcus Wareing’s eatery ticks all the boxes.

  • BRITISH
  • 10/100
  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
  • USERS 10/10
The Square
6-10 Bruton Street W1J 6PU
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Green Park (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: The sister restaurant to The Ledbury has a similar Modern European ethos, with an emphasis on seasonality and quality meat, fish and seafood. Flavours are bold and satisfying, and critics and public alike have been unanimous in their approval since its opening in 1991.

  • FRENCH
  • OUR REVIEW 8/10
  • USERS 9/10
The Ledbury
127 Ledbury Road W11 2AQ
Region: Notting Hill
Nearest Station: Westbourne Park (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: Dishes at The Ledbury have exquisite pairings and garnishes, one example being roasted brill with smoked oyster milk and herring roe. Presentation is picture perfect, in contrast to the demure dining room, however the fantastic food does all the talking here. Recipient of two Michelin stars since 2010.

  • FRENCH
  • 3/100
  • OUR REVIEW 10/10
Le Gavroche
43 Upper Brook Street W1K 7QP
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Marble Arch (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Le Gavroche was first opened by brothers Michel and Albert Roux in 1967. Their classic Gallic cuisine earned them three Michelin stars, making this the first UK restaurant to do so. Now with Michel Roux Jr in charge, the menu has allowed European and Asian influences to seep in. It is still regarded as one of London’s top eateries (despite losing a star) and there’s normally a lengthy waiting list to book a table.

  • FRENCH
  • 6/100
  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
  • USERS 9/10
Gordon Ramsay
68 Royal Hospital Road SW3 4HP
Region: Chelsea
Nearest Station: Sloane Square (0.5 miles)

AIL Says: Gordon Ramsay’s first restaurant has three Michelin stars and more publicity than the Kardashians, thanks to its irrepressible owner, who appears in the press more frequently for his personal life than his cooking these days. Much like her mentor, chef Clare Smyth favours meat (trotters, game, foie gras) that is expertly cooked and served in a formal setting.

  • FRENCH
  • 2/100
  • OUR REVIEW 10/10
  • USERS 9/10


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